Michigan Rep. wants to change sexual assault prosecutions in the military

5:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Michigan Rep. wants to change sexual assault prosecutions in the military

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It would leave chain-of-command officers out of decisions with sentences of more than a year in confinement. Instead, those cases would be passed to military prosecutors. The goal of the legislation is to help victims of sexual assault in the military feel comfortable coming forward, knowing such crimes will be investigated.
WASHINGTON - Calling the widening controversy over sexual assaults in the military a "travesty," U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, Michigan's only member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced legislation today that could reform how the Pentagon handles such crimes. Benishek's legislation - a companion piece to that being introduced in the Senate by Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.